Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who is running for a third two-year term, finished first in Tuesday's preliminary election.  Morse will face businessman Francis O'Connell in the November 3rd election.  Morse received 2,694  votes to O'Connell's 2,450.   Anthony Soto, a Holyoke city councilor, came in third with  1,145 votes and so will not appear on the November ballot.   Twenty-five percent of Holyoke's registered voters cast ballots in the preliminary election.


The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a special meeting to vote on a sizable tax break for a subway car manufacturer after a vote at a regular meeting was unexpectedly delayed. 

The Springfield City Council will meet Tuesday to vote on a tax incentive agreement with CRRC USA Rail Corp, which is planning to build a $95 million factory in east Springfield to build subway cars. The agreement,  if approved, would save the Chinese company $10 million over a 10-year period in exchange for a promise to create at least 150 jobs.

Payments a western Massachusetts city owes its future retirees is the topic of a special meeting Monday.

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton said the city’s municipal pension account is the most underfunded of any in the state.  He said it the reason he voted against this year’s city budget.

"Budget decisions we make today in 2015 will have ramifications on future generations if we don't tackle the elephant in the room, which are unfunded liabilities," said Fenton.

The Iran Nuclear Agreement continues to be hotly debated in this country.  Laura Reed, a visiting professor at UMass Amherst, who is an expert in arms control and international security, spoke about the deal earlier this week at the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill talked with Dr. Reed.

The spiritual leader of Catholics in western Massachusetts believes the U.S. visit by Pope Francis will have significance for non-Catholics.

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said the pope’s appearances will energize Catholics in the United States.

" For those who are non-believers, I hope the Holy Father's visit will  be for them a message of hope and unity and showing we have more in common than what divides us," said Rozanski.


The city that was hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts has seen hundreds of abandoned homes fixed up and put back on the market by court-appointed receivers.  Springfield’s use of the receivership laws to combat neighborhood blight was held out today as a model for the rest of the state.

Massachusetts later this month will join with a majority of the other states and ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.  New statewide regulations will fill a void that led to a patchwork of local rules about the product that is growing in popularity while the health risks are unknown.


The largest fair in the Northeast opens its gates to the public Friday morning in western Massachusetts.

 The Big E has set attendance records in each of the last three years making it the fifth largest fair in North America. 

The fair, which will mark its centennial next year, has stayed true to its roots as a showplace for New England agriculture and industry, according to Big E President Gene Cassidy.


Gay rights activists Wednesday launched the fifth annual Springfield Pride Week with a call to expand legal protections in Massachusetts for transgender people.

The rainbow unity flag was raised on the Springfield City Hall esplanade and the mayor read a proclamation in front of about 50 people to publicize Pride Week.  It is a volunteer run series of events that include dances, parties, performances, and a church service.


The 5th largest fair in North America opens its gates to the public this Friday morning in western Massachusetts.  The Eastern States Exposition, the Big E, is counting down to its centennial year in 2016.  The Big E has experienced record-setting attendance during its 17-day annual run since Gene Cassidy became president of the Eastern States Exposition in 2012.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Cassidy at the fairgrounds in West Springfield.